Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Unusual weigh in

This week on the scale I gained 0.8 pounds. It's nothing really but I was really expecting a drop this week. Hell I was expecting a big drop this week if I'm being totally honest. I've done super well in both my eating and my exercise. Very strange.

I don't even know how to spin this little gain. Is it water weight? Maybe, Aunt Flo is still here and I'm retaining. Is it my muscles holding onto some extra water because I've been lifting heavy recently? Possibly (when you lift weights you actually make little tears in your muscles which then hold on to water until they heal). Did I gain muscle since my last weight in? Doubtful (it takes a long time to actually put on significant amounts of muscle to change the scale.)

I don't know why... I just didn't lose. Hopefully this is some fluke and next week will show some true results of my efforts. Either way I'll keep on keepin on. Like I told somebody this week on www.thenest.com ... even if I don't lose in numbers I'm doing something beautiful and healthy for my body. I'm feeding it well and making it work hard.

Here's some quick stats since this month marks the one year anniversary of my life altering changes. I started in July 2006 at 301.18 pounds and almost exactly one year later am 241.34 so in one year I've dropped 59.84 pounds. Considering my goal was to drop 100 pounds in a year I've not done that great but I've learned so much along the way that I can hardly be pissed at myself.

My weight has stagnated since April really. I would LOVE to say it's a plateau but I hate to place the blame where it doesn't really belong. To me a plateau is when you're working out just as hard, eating just as well and still not losing. That's not the case with me. I've had a rough few months since April and weight loss went on the back burner. It is always a little voice in my head (amongst all the other voices, it's crowded in there!) but it hasn't been prominent like it was last year at this time. I am proud that I've maintained my loss since then though.

But like I've said before, weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. I'll make my goal, it's just taking longer than I planned. I'm determined that I can do it.
p.s. I've added a couple new blogs to my weight loss blog roll on the side, check them out!


Shannon said...

Thanks for stopping by over at my blog! I really appreciate it.

Now let me say something here, Sarah....you have lost 60 pounds!!! WOW!!!! With 52 weeks in a year, you have lost more than a pound a week, which is very good. VERY VERY good. When was the last time you picked up 60 pounds of something??? YEAH BABY! That's what you've lost! You are doing magnificent. Even though this week didn’t show wonderful numbers, I have no doubt that your body loves you for all of the wonderful things you are doing to it. You are an inspiration to me. Keep it up!

Christine said...

You have made HUGE changes in a year! You can't let that get you down!!

*ccc* said...

60 pounds? 60 POUNDS?!!? Woman, that is amazing. You have so much to be proud of! You've accomplished something fabulous and not only have you changed your body--you've changed how your mind works and how it sees the world. That too, is amazing.

Congratulations on all that you have accomplished and all that is still ahead of you. I'm in awe :)

BigLoser said...

60 pounds for the year?! Girl I hope you patted yourself on the back when you typed that. It is QUITE an accomplishment. I only hope to be as accomplished at the end of MY year.

Don't sweat the .8 pounds. Sounds like you know what you're doing AND obviously you are doing something right.

I will definitely be back to learn from you!

Livy said...

I totally understand how you are feeling now. I have just gone through the same thing. I actually maintained my weight, after my first week of my challenge, where a majority of people lose 1-3kgs. I just kept jumping between my usual weight and a lower weight, and on weigh in day, it luckily hit the lower weight, to be the higher weight again the next day! I was so upset I get David to hide the scales.
Evidently, this is quite normal, so don't stress, and know you are not alone!

Chic Ink Designs said...

You've accomplished so much in one year! You deserve a standing ovation. Now its time to look forward to what you're going to accomplish this year, thank you for sharing your journey, I've been reading your blog for the almost-start, and I can't tell you enough how much you have inspired me and kept me going.

Sarah (from miami)